Do you hate posing for pictures because you are self-conscious about that one crooked tooth? Minor cosmetic flaws can have a significant impact on self-confidence. Jutted teeth refer to teeth that protrude or stick out further than the adjacent teeth. While jutted teeth rarely affect dental health, they can produce cosmetic flaws. In some severe cases, jutted teeth can negatively impact your bite, leading to more serious dental issues.
Using techniques in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Thomas G. Zarger provides various forms of treatment for a jutted tooth in his Knoxville, TN dental practice.
The type of treatment necessary to repair a jutted tooth will depend on the severity of your case. Some jutted teeth can be repaired with surprisingly simple procedures. Often, we find that subtle changes can make a significant difference to a smile. Because each patient has specific and unique goals, treatment will not be exactly the same for everyone.
After your initial consultation, Dr. Zarger will develop a custom treatment plan that will effectively meet your needs. At our office, we provide an array of cosmetic procedures to treat jutted teeth and give you the confidence to smile again.
The most conservative option for the treatment of jutted teeth is dental bonding. It is typically the most common choice for mild misalignment. This technique involves masking the cosmetic flaw with a composite resin, the same material that is used for a tooth-colored filling.
The composite, shade-matched to your smile, aids in reshaping the tooth, making it appear longer or wider where necessary. After the composite has been placed and cured, the tooth is sculpted to blend in with your adjacent teeth. The result is improved aesthetics and a brilliant smile.
In cases where dental bonding is not sufficient, a porcelain veneer can be placed to camouflage the cosmetic blemish. Crafted from high-grade ceramic porcelain, a veneer effectively conceals the jutted tooth and produces an aesthetically pleasing, symmetrical appearance.
A porcelain veneer is a thin, shell-like fabrication that is affixed to the front surface of the tooth. Veneers are custom made to precisely match your surrounding teeth, resulting in a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
In some cases, dental bonding or porcelain veneers may not be adequate in treating a jutted tooth. Dental crowns are especially useful when cosmetic flaws are coupled with dental health risks. Because a jutted tooth is out of alignment, it can be more difficult to properly clean, resulting in a higher risk for tooth decay or periodontal disease. By reinforcing the natural tooth with a dental crown, the structure is strengthened. Aside from supporting tooth function, a dental crown can provide beautiful results as well.
A dental crown is similar to a porcelain veneer. However, it fits over the entire tooth structure rather than just the front surface. Like veneers, crowns are color-matched and custom fabricated to fit your smile.
Even the slightest imperfection can make patients self-conscious about their appearance. If you are concerned about a jutted tooth, the solution may be more straightforward than you think. If you’re interested in exploring cosmetic treatments to improve your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Zarger. He can perform an evaluation to determine which treatment options are right for you. Call our office at (865) 693-7631 or contact us online anytime.